Knowledge Hub 2016 archive

Get updates on topics affecting Wales' childcare sector.

Foundation Phase Action Plan

9 November 2016 

On 7 November Alun Davies, Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language, and Kirsty Williams, the Cabinet Secretary for Education, jointly published the Foundation Phase Action Plan. The plan sets out the Welsh Government’s national approach to continuously improve the way in which the Foundation Phase is delivered in schools and funded settings in Wales. It aims to ensure that high-quality Foundation Phase education is delivered consistently across Wales. The plan contains:

• the background to why Welsh Government is publishing the plan
• how it will be taken forward as part of the development of the new curriculum arrangements for Wales
• high-level actions which will be required in four strategic areas to achieve the outcomes of the plan.

View the action plan

Prevent Duty advice and guidance

26 October 2016 
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Prevent duty guidance for England and Wales: guidance for specified authorities in England and Wales on the duty of schools and other providers in the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 to have due regard to the need to prevent people  from being drawn into terrorism - click here
Advice for schools and childcare providers on the Prevent Duty (August 2015) - click here
E-Learning training: This E-learning training offers an introduction to the Prevent duty, and explains how it aims to safeguard vulnerable people from being radicalised to supporting terrorism or becoming terrorists themselves - click here


The Welsh Government wants to hear from you

28 September 2016 
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The Welsh Government want to hear the views of childcare providers and parents, to learn more about your experiences of childcare and involve you in developing the 30 hours offer.

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WCVA Criminal Records Unit to close

15 September 2016 
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New arrangements for criminal records DBS checks in place as WCVA Criminal Records Unit closes on 30 September.

WCVA has collated a Trusted Supplier List to recommend to third sector organisations in Wales

Foundation Phase Profile - changes to the full profile

14 September 2016

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The Foundation Phase Full Profile Form has been updated, due to some corrections made to area of learning score boundaries within the Full Profile, and further clarification of use of the ‘D’ Outcome.

These changes resolve an anomaly within the calculations used to derive these score boundaries.

Find out more

Physical activity guidelines for early years

31 August 2016

Dr Frank Atherton, Wales’ Chief Medical Officer, is asking for support in sharing a new infographic about physical activity guidelines for under-fives, which was launched in July.

The graphic aims to help early years teachers, nursery schools, health visitors and doctors to talk about the importance of young children being active. 

The joint UK's Chief Medical Officers physical activity guidelines advise children under the age of five to be physically active for at least three hours every day.

Download Infographic
(Adobe PDF File)

SASS - log in failure

12 August 2016 CSSIW  logo
It has been noted that a number of settings are reporting issues with regards to log in failure.

CSSIW have advised that this may be caused by the system being a little slow which could be due to either software or age of the computer being used.

Find out more

Free activity factsheets

12 August 2016

Girl talking

NDNA has created two free activity factsheets for use within you setting. These activities will allow you to introduce the Welsh language into daily play and use the language in conversation with individual children as part of their daily activities. 

Download the free factsheets

Public Health Wales: The importance of MMR vaccine

4 August 2016
Child with measles

People are being reminded of the importance of the MMR vaccine after a fourth case of measles in Wales. 

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Self Assessment of Service Statement (SASS) support

14 July 2016 Children and practitioner at nursery

NDNA video: Supporting the sector with the new online Self Assessment of Service Statement (SASS)

NDNA video: Online SASS form demonstration

Current Hepatitis A Outbreak affecting Caerphilly CBC, Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC and Merthyr Tydfil CBC.

05 July 2016
As hepatitis A is spread from person to person, the single most important thing people can do to prevent the virus spreading is to ensure they use good hand washing techniques after using the toilet.

Good hand-washing technique entails using liquid soap with hot and cold or appropriately mixed running water with effective hand drying facilities, preferably paper towels. 

Self Assessment of Service Statement (SASS)

24 June 2016
Childcare and play providers are required to complete a self assessment and an annual review of the quality of care at their service.

This information tells CSSIW about your service and the system you have for monitoring, reviewing and improving the quality of care given to children and is used to inform our inspection of your service.

For further information see the CSSIW websiteordownload our free factsheet

CSSIW Guidance

10 June 2016
This guidance describes how Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) inspects services which are regulated under the Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010. These include child minders, childcare and open access play services for children up to 12 years of age.

Wales election: list of elected members

25 May 2016
The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, has announced his new Cabinet and Ministers as follows: 
Foundation Phase – Alun Davies AM, Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language
Childcare including Flying Start, CWLWM - Carl Sargeant AM, Minister for Communities and Children
Welsh Language – Alun Davies AM, Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language
The Wales Council for Voluntary Action has put a full list together of members elected to the National Assembly, which you can find below.

Cwlwm - working in partnership with NDNA

12 May 2016

NDNA Cymru is at the heart of childcare in Wales and is working in partnership with four experienced childcare organisations as ‘Cwlwm’(Childcare Wales Learning and Working Mutually).

Childcare factsheet from CSSIW

11 May 2016
CSSIW logoCSSIW will be inspecting settings using a new framework, which places a greater focus on child development and well-being. CSSIW has released a brand new factsheet about these changes, which also include a change to the frequency of inspections and the introduction of ratings in the future.

First batch of new certificates for childcare providers issued

11 May 2016
CSSIW logoFrom April 2016 the age range for registration of childcare and play in Wales was extended from 8 to 12 years. Soon you will receive your new certificate, which for day care and play providers will include the maximum children you are registered to care for. The requirement for a certificate of registration to contain the name of the Person in Charge (PIC) where one has been appointed has been removed. If your certificate is incorrect, please get in touch with your regional office immediately.
 Find out more 

Childcare factsheet from CSSIW

11 May 2016
CSSIW logoCSSIW will be inspecting settings using a new framework, which places a greater focus on child development and well-being. CSSIW has released a brand new factsheet about these changes, which also include a change to the frequency of inspections and the introduction of ratings in the future.

The Foundation Phase

28 April 2016

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The Foundation Phase is based on the principle that early years provision should offer a sound foundation for future learning through a developmentally appropriate curriculum in Wales.

View our handy guide to The Foundation Phase  

New Curriculum for Wales

30 March 2016
Practitioner reading to childrenMinister for Education and Skills, Huw Lewis, has released a statement regarding the new curriculum. The ambition is that by 2021 settings and schools will be using the new curriculum to underpin teaching and learning for children and young people aged 3-16. Huw commented: “the new curriculum will mean a change of culture and a change of practice”.  

View the statement  and Curriculum reform

New 'right to work' online tool 

30 March 2016
GOV.UKGOV.UK have set up an online tool to help you find out if a potential employee has the right to work in the UK and what documents you should check. They also have useful guidance to help you recognise fraudulent documentation.

Access the tool

Additional Learning Needs (ALN) and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill Consultation

30 March 2016
Huw LewisMinister for Education and Skills, Huw Lewis released a statement providing an update following consultation on the draft Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill.  A summary of responses will be published following the Assembly Elections. The responses are already being used to inform work to refine the Bill and further develop the ALN Code, implementation plan and wider comprehensive package of reforms.

Read the statement  or Read the consultation


What must a registered care provider do by law to provide a care service in Wales?

30 March 2016
CSSIW logoRegulations
CSSIW inspect care service providers against the requirements of the Care Standards Act 2002, the Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010 and their related regulations. 
National Minimum Standards
The National Minimum Standards set out the basic standards of care registered providers should provide and aim to exceed when delivering their service to people who use it.
View the regulations and National Minimum Standards

Fixed dates for processing Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) applications

1 February
View guidance from WCVA on the fixed dates for processing DBS requests and checking applications.
Find out more

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks (previously CRB checks)

27 January

CSSIW want to ensure that people who receive services are safe. When you make an application they will start ‘fit person’ checks. DBS checks are a part of this.
Find out more

Early Years Outcomes Framework is published

15 January 2016

The Welsh Government has published its brand-new Early Years Outcomes Framework following consultation with sector representatives including NDNA.

Find out more